Here’s the deal with the yardage-to-club connection for newer players: I get that as a new golfer knowing this may not be in the bag yet, and heck, you’re learning the game, so how would you know?
Here’s the deal with the yardage-to-club connection for experienced players: An experienced player who is just having one of those days tend to over-club by 2 clubs or more. You are better off trusting the yardage and selecting the right club based on that yardage.
Now remember, be smart. Know how far you CARRY the ball IN THE AIR. Why is this important? If a shot requires 80 yards over the water, then you should be confident that your 7 iron will do the job. Grabbing your 5 iron or hybrid because you know it will clear the water is not a smart play. You’ll wind up in that back bunker…another double or triple to the score card…not smart…so be smart. Select the right club!
A better approach is to narrow your focus on the target and play the number. What is your 134 club? Keep in mind that you’ll need to carry the ball 120 yards to clear the trouble; so select the right club. By focusing on the target, the double becomes a non-event and will give you the best chance for par without the fear factor.